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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, APRIL 21,2005 Elco™?. 111 M' W A    l l u I I* f A ll",l,ll",'i-n...„ii,„ilii LAL HursiG SPORTS ALL DISTRICT New Braunfels, Canyon dominate District 28-4A All District soccer teams. Page 7A CAR SHOW ON STAGE City's annual swap meet and car show brings out a peice of New Braunfels history. Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 132 14 pages, 2 sections 500 56825 00001 m Mostly Cloudy High Low 84 65 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 6A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 3BTEA report clears Cervin, frustrates Fuller By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Comal Independent School District Trustee Rose Cervin was chastised but mostly exonerated in the Texas Education Agency’s final report on school board governance problems. Although officials from the agency told the school board at its March 30 meeting they would be amending the document to reflect new information, the final rendition does not look much different from the first. The report criticizes Cervin for inappropriately taking on the superintendent’s duties in three situations, but states three other allegations could not be substantiated. To handle Cervin’s frustrating, but legal, behavior, investigators recommended the board review its operating procedures and policies, while acknowledging trustees followed those rules on an honor system basis only. The report’s conclusion left Superintendent Nancy Fuller discouraged over a lack of “teeth” in the board’s procedures. “I’m concerned about the enforceability of board policy,” she said. “They recommended the board go through more training, but you cannot make people attend the training. There’s no penalty for ignoring procedures altogether.” As a result of the investigation, the board is required, within 45 days, to attend a training session focused on the roles and respon sibilities of a board member. Agency investigators also will monitor the team’s working relationship for the next 180 days, through review of board meeting agendas and approved minutes, to ensure the conflict is not having an impact on student performance. See REPORT Page 5A Nancy FullerTurnout ‘about average’ on first day of voting By Scott Mahon Staff Writer First day turnout for early voting for the New Braunfels municipal and Comal Independent School District school board elections was low compared to the November 2004 election. City Secretary Michael Resendez said compared to the May 2003 general election, the number of votes cast Wednesday at the Comal County courthouse was “about average.” Bernice Martinez, deputy early voting clerk, said 103 votes were cast Monday in the citywide election, and 14 early votes were cast in the school board election. “That’s not bad for the first day,” she said. The city ballot this election contains 39 charter amendments for voters to decide on, and Martinez said voters took an average of 7 to IO minutes to complete the ballot. Early voting will continue from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. until May 3 at the county courthouse in Room 104. There also will be a Saturday opportunity to cast ballots early, from 9 a.m. to I p.m. April 30. The City of New Braunfels’ Web site has a sample ballot for each district that includes the 39 charter amendments. Voters can view these sample ballots at District champs? The Smithson Valley softball team looks to wrap up the district championship today. EYES IN THE SKY DAVID IIMGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Retired FAA air traffic controllers Clarence Prather, left, and Gil Bode reminisce about life in a control tower while visiting the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Wednesday morning. Air traffic controllers mix laughter into serious businessHouse bill could replace textbooks with laptops By April Castro Associated Press Writer AUSTIN — Students lugging overloaded backpacks through high school hallways could soon be a thing of the past. T raditional hardbacks that have weighed down students for years would be replaced with laptops and other technology under legislation approved Wednesday by the Texas House. The measure would restructure the decades-old textbook adoption process, replacing it with an effort to stimulate the use of technology in Texas classrooms. “This will be, if not the most, one of the most progressive programs in the nation,” See TECHNOLOGY Page 4A By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Gil Bode spent most of his life tracking airplanes as they moved across die United States. Eighteen years ago, he retired but the business is still in his blood. Bode, 73, went to work as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration in 1955 when he was 24 years old. This week, he reunited with more than 130 former air traffic controllers in New Braunfels. Bode and his wife, Mary Lou, both graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1951. After a 38-year career as an air traffic controller, Bode retired and now lives in the Houston area. “Being an air traffic controller was like belonging to a huge family,” he said. “And so we get together once a year to visit old friends and people we worked with.” Clarence Prather, who spent 39 years with the FAA also attended the reunion. Prather said he and Bode had known each other since 1958. “It was the kind of job where we all depended on each other,” said Prather, who lives in the Canyon Lake area. “So it was like one big family.” Bode trained in San Antonio and was certified in 1957. During his career, he worked in San Antonio and Houston. “Back then, the control center was located on Broadway Street,” he said. “ Things have changed a lot.” Air traffic controllers are respon sible for controlling long-range air traffic from city to city. Originally under the Civil Aeronautics Administration, their agency was changed to the Federal Aviation Administration in the late 1950s during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration. Today, there are 20 air traffic control centers throughout the United States that work hand-in-hand to monitor planes moving across the country. See FAA Page 4A After months of preparing, area students tackle TARS test By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Smithson Valley High School students munched on cookies and crackers during a mormng break in their rigorous Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills testing schedule. Assistant Principal Colby Evans said the snacks, donated by local businesses, helped to give the test-takers a needed boost midstride. “They really seemed to appreciate it,” he said. Evans also said the school had an amazingly high attendance turnout for the third day of testing, but stopped short of attributing it to the free food on hand. TAKS testing for Texas students will continue through the end of the week. Although teachers are relieved of their instructional duties while students take the test, they are far from idle. Thanks in part to recent stories about suspected cheating in Houston Independent School District and problems with test administrations in other districts around the state, teachers have plenty to do to make sure their classrooms are secure. Rosalyn Bratcher, assistant superintendent for instructional services at New Braunfels ISD, said awareness of potential problems certainly was heightened. “We have a huge assessment manual to make sure we do everything right,” she said. “We give a lot of attention to testing procedure security.” Not only must tests be collected correctly, they also must be labeled See TAKS Page 3A WRIGHT co AWARENESS MONTH ©2005 Miller Brewing Co., Ft. Worth, TX A ;